POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 75 Are you pregnant, considering pregnancy, or breastfeeding?">Baby photo created by pch.vector Do you know that the use of cannabis may not be safe for your baby? While research still doesn’t give us all the answers about the effects of cannabis or CBD on pregnancy and the baby’s development, for now, the only safe amount of cannabis to use while pregnant or breastfeeding is zero. Why take the chance? There is not enough clinical evidence to accurately determine the benefits or risks of using cannabis while pregnant or when breastfeeding. Among other reasons, there aren’t standard levels of THC (the main, active ingredient) in cannabis. Pregnant and breastfeeding women may be hesitant to report if they use and how often they use cannabis, and it is very difficult to factor out the effects of also using tobacco while pregnant or when breastfeeding. Until we have more definitive answers, not using cannabis or CBD during pregnancy or when breastfeeding is the safest option for you and your baby. Fast Facts Just because cannabis is legal doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe to use during pregnancy or when breastfeeding. * Cannabis is the most commonly used recreational drug among pregnant women. *70% of pregnant women believe there is a “slight risk” or “no risk” of harm from using cannabis once or twice a week during pregnancy. * There are over 400 active chemicals in cannabis, some of which may be harmful to your fetus. *THC crosses the placenta and may impact fetal development.THC also accumulates in breast milk, which may also affect your baby. *Cannabis potency has increased in the past 30 years.Today, a fetus is exposed to moreTHC (the main, active ingredient in cannabis).THC concentration was 3.2% in 1983, 13% in 2008, and averaged between 13 and 23% in 2016.